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Preparing for a Circular Economy

Building on the 2016 Circular Economy strategy, this event will examine Scotland’s commitment to move towards a society that has a less heavy consumption of valuable resources.

Making things Last, Making things Work

At this event, we will revisit the strategy and look to the latest initiatives which fall under it, namely the deposit return scheme. We will scrutinise the priorities for creating a successful circular economy through education, opportunity and innovation to affect real and lasting change.

With the Scottish Government currently considering how to proceed on the deposit return scheme bill, what are the key steps needed to develop a system that addresses concerns whilst protecting environmental benefits?

Join Holyrood on 17th March 2020 as we examine the key perspectives and discuss the way forward on this vital issue.

Key issues we'll explore with you

  • Priorities for tackling single-use plastics
  • The Deposit Return Scheme, what success might look like
  • Getting communities on board – how consumer behaviours can spearhead change
  • Fresh approaches to creating a circular economy, supporting your pioneering projects
  • Embedding Circular Economy into your procurement strategies

Who should attend?

  • Waste Specialists
  • Environment Specialists
  • Deposit Return programme managers 
  • Senior Procurement Specialists
  • Waste Minimisation Officers
  • Environmental Officer
  • Waste Services- Team leaders
  • Strategic Programme Managers
  • Climate Change Coordinators
  • Waste Minimisation Officer
  • Head of Resource Management
  • Conservation Officers
  • Estate Management Professionals
  • Sustainable Development Officer
  • Strategic Planners
  • Operations Director
  • Corporate Procurement Managers
  • Sustainability Managers
  • Carbon Management Officer
  • Policy Officers - Environment
  •  Litter & Flytipping specialists
  • Environmental Crime specialists

Would You Like to Speak at Our Event

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers and case studies. Please contact


09:15 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Opening remarks from the chair

10:05 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • Priorities for tackling single use plastics
  • Update on the Deposit Return Scheme Consultation
  • The Circular Economy Bill
  • Building on the climate emergency momentum to make circular economy a success

Louise McGregor, Head of Circular Economy & ERDF Operations, Zero Waste Scotland

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Protecting Equalities Whilst Changing priorities

  • How do we introduce a scheme which maintains choice, protects communities and promote citizen support?
  • Getting industry on board, from small business to big business.
  • Getting communities on board – how consumer behaviours can spearhead change
  • Boosting recycling to tackle littering and improve plastic sustainability

Panel discussion: The Deposit Return Scheme – Where Are We Now.

Colin Smith, Chief Executive, Scottish Wholesale Association, Cllr Mo Razzaq, South Lanarkshire Council

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice and Case Studies

  • Fresh approaches to reducing plastic use in commercial, public and domestic settings
  • Expert examples of innovative approaches to changing societies reliance on single-use objects.
  • The economic and environmental benefits of getting plastic use right
  • Embedding Circular Economy into your procurement strategies

DRS in Practice

Cllr Mo Razzaq, South Lanarkshire Council 

Jamie Pitcairn, Technical Director, Circular Economy & Sustainability, Ricardo

15:25 Closing remarks from the chair

15:30 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change

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17 Mar 2020
Central Edinburgh
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1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

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1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

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